About the Friends

The Friends of the Great Victoria Desert Parks was formed in March 1994. The group is affiliated with Friends of Parks Inc and operates under a memorandum of understanding with the South Australian Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). We are supported by DEWNR staff in Ceduna and Adelaide and by the Ceduna-based Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management Board (AWNRM).  Our activities are planned with them and approved by the traditional owners of the area.

Our members come from all walks of life. Some are retired and some are in full-time or part-time work. All, however, have a passion for the bush and a keen interest in natural and cultural history. The group has experts in identifying a whole range of flora and fauna and these folk are only too willing to share their skills and knowledge. Our group also has people who enjoy photography.


The aims of the Friends of the Great Victoria Desert Parks are to provide voluntary assistance to DEWNR and AWNRM staff in caring for the parks and reserves in the South Australian section of the Great Victoria Desert and to promote and provide educational material on the Great Victoria Desert region to the general public


While the field work in the Desert is our main focus, we have published Shrubs and Trees of the Great Victoria Desert, a field guide to the vegetation of the GVD.


Our patron is Dr Mark Shephard OAM.


Membership is open to all at $25 per year for individuals or families.
If you join after the end of September, your membership will be current until the end of the following year.
Our Information Sheet has a membership form which you can print and post to the treasurer. The form is in Microsoft Word format. Email the treasurer for a form if your computer won't download it.


We only have three general meetings per year, so this is a great group to join! See the Home Page for the date of the next meeting.

Information Sheet

Find out more about the Friends of the GVD from our Information Sheet(960 KB .doc file).